Not Your Grandma’s Wallpaper!

by Rob Hellander

If you remember wallpaper like I remember wallpaper, you’re probably imagining a time when you were much smaller visiting an older relative’s home.  There you sat staring up at the repeating pattern of gold flecked flowers, swirling paisleys or jam jars and fruit, wondering when you could go home or, at least, play outside.

With knockdown texture becoming a must for walls we saw a decline in the use of wall papers.  No longer did we need floral patterned stripes to cover our minor wall imperfections- we had a new textured looked for that.

These days knockdown texture is on the down trend allowing wallpaper to edge its way back on walls.  This isn’t your grandma’s wallpaper however!  This is an evolution in wallpaper- fresh and modern in look, feel and diversity.  Patterns are no longer confined to those that repeat they are, abstract, large scale, have vivid color patterns, come bejeweled with dazzling crystals or 3D patterns.

One big trend, as featured in our 2016 Color Trends, is wallpaper that is paintable. No longer are paint and wallpaper archnemeseses, combined they allow the best of both worlds.

Materials Needed:

Paintable wallpaper- in the style of your choice

Wallpaper glue

Paint- in the color of your choice

Paint rollers and covers

Paint tray and liners

News or butcher paper.

Step 1: Measure your walls

Measure your walls and record the dimensions.  You will need them when ordering your wallpaper.  Always make sure you buy more square footage than you need. There will be some waste in lining up the pattern.

Step 2: Prep your walls

Make sure your walls are free of dirt and grime.  To get good surface adhesion between the wallpaper, wall and glue you will need a clean surface.

Step 3: Apply glue to paper

Line a work area with newspaper or butcher paper and lay your wallpaper, pattern side down, over the top.  Roll the glue to the back of the wallpaper.


Step 4: Apply paper to wall

Line your paper up with a corner and smooth it against the wall.  Press firmly as you work your way down the wall to ensure adhesion. Cut the following piece so the pattern lines up at the top of the wall.



Step 5: Repeat steps

Repeat steps 3 and 4 until desired area is covered.

Step 6: Allow to glue dry

Allow the glue to dry at least two hours before painting.

Step 7: Paint

Your wallpaper can now be painted just like a regular wall.  Use a brush to get in the detail areas  if necessary.  Allow paint 2 hours to dry. IMG_2278



Wall: Canary Diamond T16-05, Trim: Ivory Keys T16-17

Colorfully yours,


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